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Perception of students with disabilities: An assessment of attitudes held by pre-service teachers
by Kitchen, Suzanne Gosden, Ed.D., West Virginia University, 2007, 96; 3300882
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the attitudes pre-service teachers held toward people with disabilities. The researcher conducted a survey methodology study via questionnaire of repeated measures design, using the respondents as their own controls.

The goal of this study was to find out if pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward people with disabilities were affected by descriptive labels such as “physical” disability or “mental” disability. In other words, did the type of disability affect the pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward that person?

Findings revealed that pre-service teachers had a more negative attitude toward people labeled with mental disabilities, and a more positive attitude toward people labeled with physical disabilities or toward people whose type of disability was not specified. In addition, findings revealed that Elementary Education pre-service teachers had a more positive attitude toward people with disabilities (regardless of the descriptive label) than did Secondary Education pre-service teachers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Goeres, Ernest R.
School: West Virginia University
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Special education, Teacher education
Keywords: Attitudes, Attitudes toward disabilities, Disabilities, Disability, Labels, Pre-service teachers, Preservice teachers
Publication Number: 3300882
ISBN: 978-0-549-45853-1
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